Jay D. Pratt

A visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, October 12th, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jay D. Pratt, 59, of Baldwin City, KS, passed away on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 in his home.

Jay, born on November 16th, 1961, was the son of William (Bill) and Doris Pratt of Baldwin City. He was raised on the farm and attended school in Baldwin, where he played football and baseball. Jay graduated Baker University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching. Jay utilized his degree by serving in multiple teaching positions in Baldwin and surrounding school districts. Being a devoted sports fan, he officiated baseball, basketball, and football at the high school and collegiate level. His favorite sports teams were KU, the Chiefs, and the Royals. Additionally, Jay volunteered at Worden United Methodist Church’s afterschool program Faith Weavers.

Jay is survived by his mother Doris Pratt, and four children; Heather, Katlyn, Lexie, and Jon, along with two
grandchildren.

During a private burial, Jay will be laid to rest at Colyer Cemetery, close to the family farm.

Messages & Condolences

From Arlene Levin...

I have some happy remembrances of Jay. He was always an instigator and a fun person at our family get-togethers.

From Stephanie (Hobson) Thomas...

Doris – I am so sorry; wish I could be there today but cannot. Such fond memories of going with you & Bill to watch Jay play ball in the summer. And of course band; & the two of us competing for 1st chair. Hadn’t seen him in years; a positive for Facebook that we got to reconnect. And I so appreciated him taking the time to come to my Dad’s funeral back in 2015. HUGS to you. Jay – miss you my friend, too young but I am so glad you are feeling better now.

From Bob & Lee Ann Duver...

We were sad to learn of Jay’s passing and our heartfelt wishes for peace and love go out to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

From Nancy Baker...

I am very sorry to hear about Jay’s passing. My heart goes out to Doris and his family.

From Bryan Wyatt...

Sorry to learn of Jay’s passing. I have fond memories of playing baseball at Holcom fields and Legion baseball. Jay was an outstanding ballplayer and even better as a person! RIP my friend.

From Connie Vaughn Reineccius...

Jay was always my partner in crime when we were young. Spent most of our time riding behind the bus driver because we were in trouble. My mom Velma wants to sent extra love to Doris and to let her know she’s in her prayers. Jay will forever be missed.

From George Hunsinger...

So sorry to read this Doris. Jay was a lot of fun to be around back in our 4-H days. he will be missed. Bless you and his chikdren.

From Phillip Rodgers...

Farewell my ol buddy. Dang my deepest condolences fir your family friends and all whose hearts you touched say “Hello” to all at the “big meeting table”. Happy Trails. A “Tear and a Smile”. Your ol buddy littl dog

From Barbara Perry...

Doris……I remember when Jay arrived in you and Bill’s world! It brought so much love to you both. It’s difficult to lose a son but Jay left you four wonderful grandchildren that you can mentor and love. I’m thinking of you and Jay’s family. Barbara Perry

From Larry & LaDonna Wilson...

Hugs and prayers to the family. Thinking of you all.

From Denise Levin Signorelli...

I’ve known Jay my entire life. His mom and mine were close as sisters. Jay entertained us as kids with funny antics, playing in the barn and when he was a teen a minibike, fast driving in his vehicles and wild stories. He had a potters wheel and made a lot of bongs, which my mom thought were “funny looking vases”. The world is diminished with his loss and my condolences to his family.

From The Coopers...

Gods blessing of peace and comfort on Jays family

From Jamie (Will) Pettengill...

A sad sad time for the families of Jay D. My buddy, my friend with many memories. You will be missed by many friends and love ones. Fly high my friend. Jamie

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